Grateful Dead Live at Madison Square Garden on 1979-01-08
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
d1t01 - Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo ->
d1t02 - Franklin's Tower
d1t03 - New Minglewood Blues
d1t04 - Candyman
d1t05 - Me And My Uncle ->
d1t06 - Big River
d1t07 - Friend Of The Devil
d1t08 - It's All Over Now
d1t09 - Brown Eyed Women
d2t01 - Lazy Lightnin' ->
d2t02 - Supplication
d2t03 - Scarlet Begonias ->
d2t04 - Fire On The Mountain
d2t05 - Samson And Delilah
d3t01 - Terrapin Station ->
d3t02 - Playing In The Band ->
d3t03 - Drums ->
d3t04 - The Other One ->
d3t05 - Wharf Rat ->
d3t06 - Good Lovin'
d3t07 - U.S. Blues
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|Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo ->|
|New Minglewood Blues|
|Me And My Uncle ->|
|Friend Of The Devil|
|All Over Now|
|Brown Eyed Women|
|Lazy Lightnin' ->|
|Fire On The Mountain|
|Samson And Delilah|
|Terrapin Station ->|
|Playing In The Band ->|
|The Other One ->|
|Wharf Rat ->|
-- All disc changes are seamless
-- Master Cassette flips in Drums
-- Recorded By Robert Wagner
-- Rescheduled from December 1, 1978
-- One of my all time favorite 2nd sets
- 2007-12-15 21:19:05
- Cassette Master (Nakamichi DR-1) -> Apogee MiniMe (24bit/48k) -> Samplitude Professional v9.11 -> FLAC/16
- New York City, NY
- Taped by
- Bob Wagner
- Transferred by
- Charlie Miller
- Madison Square Garden
Subject: My very first
Based on my perspective now, this was a very good show. And it is also my one and only Donna and Keith show. I'm giving it five stars as this show helped define a very significant portion of my life.
Also, is this the one where Jerry got the death threats? And was it also this one where Jer screamed, "WHERE'S MY BINDLE??!?!?" into the PA after the show ended?
Subject: I Don't Hear Keith Copying Jerry
Subject: Keith ingests MSG
A week after the well-known closing of Winterland show. This is a makeup date from December 1. Ten shows were canceled after the 11/24 Capitol Theatre date (where Jer was sick but left it all on stage, giving a terrific show); which meant going out right after NYE. Traders used to call these "the makeup shows" and as such they had a special connotation - which beyond that novelty may not be wholly deserved since, as a whole, they don't clearly stand above other '78/'79 tours. Jer's voice was back - though still not wholly - but more historically, these were the first shows at MSG, the one venue every band wants to book in their career. They would eventually play it 52 times, of which all but a few were sellouts. More recently the show was spotlit after Charlie Miller cited it as fave. As others have noted, it's not entirely clear why, though as far as '79 pre-Brent, it's certainly above average overall (with some real highlights and a solid 2nd set).
First Set. A packed set, starting solid enough, then dipping for Bobby's Slide Practice™ in Minglewood. Candyman is an average rendering but the middle of the set has a peak for Me & My Uncle>Big River. I can never get over how different M&MUs can be, and there are phrases in Jer's 2nd solo for River that I can scarcely believe. Friend is nicely done, as is It's All Over Now. It's interesting that the Dead were Stones fans and covered their cover version (Hurt My Eyes Open vs. Held My Nose Open). Brown Eyed Women is an uptempo smoker. It was great in '79, and a SBD would put this version in its proper historical place. The send-out to half is average, although Supplication as the end cap still seems odd (it happened a few times in early '79, rather than followed by Deal).
Second Set. The Scarlet is best for Donna lovers, but the Fire on the Mountain is absolutely sparkling. On the then-new album, it was new to the punters. Samson is incredibly dynamic and may be the best version of '79. The tempos are great for the next few but the jams are not the most inspired. The lack of Space is odd by early '79 (although 1/12 has Space first. and there are a handful of others in '79 sans Space). The rest is pretty good, with a swell The Other One and a nice Good Lovin'. Wharf has its moments too, but U.S. Blues is the big shot, with Garcia's explosive soloing more than making up for Bobby's Slide Practice™, and sending 'em home excited.
1st Set: B-
2nd Set: B
Overall = 3¾ stars
Me & My Uncle>Big River - always different, always the same
Brown Eyed Women - uptempo smoker
Fire on the Mountain - sparkler
Samson & Delilah - maybe the best of '79
U.S. Blues - Jer has a moment
SOURCES: The nak300-wagner_miller_87657 was an improvement, with slightly better separation and image over the glyde_10283, which runs slightly fast. (This is Bob Wagner's pre-tape-section AUD from his Sony Pro deck and Nakamichi shotguns). There is no SBD, so this one's for those that earn their notes.
Subject: Great Crowd Energy
I can see Charlie's enjoyment of this one, and I quite like Donna's contribution on Track 12.
Subject: 35 years ago
I was 18 and living in northern NJ. This show was in the middle of a run of 6 consecutive shows that I was fortunate to attend. For me, it started in Philly, then 2 nights at the Garden 2 nights at the Nassau Coliseum and then back to Philly. These were all part of the "make up" tour because the tour in Nov 78 got cancelled.
I loved this show. I thought I heard a hint of Dark Star after The Other One/before WR while I was at the show (or maybe it was just wishful thinking). It is interesting that if you play TOO track it actually goes on past the 7:57 listed. Sure enough, Dark Star came out on 1-10-79 (which was my favorite of this run).
This is a very solid show. Great (but not spectacular) set list. Definitely worth listening to.
I prefer Soundboards over AUD so this recording is just OK. However, I really appreciate the time and effort put into taping, transferring and posting this show. A heart felt thanks to all those involved.
Subject: Yessir, I sure do.
Subject: An Epic Adventure
The energy level at this show was phenomenal! The band was playing with grace and authority, riding the waves of NYC energy to the heights of musical inspiration. The second set is Epic, a glittering example of the Grateful Dead being played by the music they make, Ouroborus eating it's own tale and the ever unfolding vortex of psychedelic rightness.
And if you understand deep in your soul what I'm saying, you will understand the climactic power of The United States Blues.
Subject: It's Miller Time!
That said, after listening to Donna in the Scarlet transition I found myself imagining Garcia muttering to himself "we need to fire her," and sure enough she was dismissed not long after. Also Jerry's voice was noticeably weak to the point that it took away from the overall show quality.
Bottom line for me, this is a fun listen but it wouldn't make my top ten list and I am not sure I understand Charlie's adoration for this particular show.
Subject: we're there..almost..
Subject: Good - not great
Subject: One of my favorite shows
Subject: yo, cholly!
Subject: You had to be there
Subject: Does not live up to the hype
In general, AUD is good, CROWD is bad. With AUD, you get big drums, strong Phil, Jerry gets some natural reverb. With CROWD, you just can't hear the music.
For a similar-style show with good performances and a much less crowd-y aud, try 12-19-78 or 12-16-78 or 2-03-79.
Subject: ahhh the first to review !!!!
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